Review of the Basis Band – a complete health tracker

As some of you may know, I bought a basis band a while back. It’s a fantastic device, but its true power was only unlocked a couple of days ago, so I wanted to write about it.

The band, which is essentially a replacement for your sports watch, measures your heart rate, steps taken, perspiration, general body movement (accelerometer) and temperature. Using this data and applying their algorithms, it’s able to to tell me when I went to sleep, woke up, walked, sat idle for, etc. So, what’s special? Aren’t there a lot of apps and devices that do the same?

Here’s the secret sauce. Their visualizations are far superior than anything else I have seen in the market. Their mobile and web app gives you just the data you need. Here’s a summary from the last day:

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You’ll notice something really interesting here – I hit 3 out of my 7 habits. This is huge for me. I didn’t have to do anything to input those habits, I just picked them up from their mobile app and it tracked it for me. Awesome! You can also see details of each of these habits or any activity (down to the minute by minute detail of your heart rate).

The web app has existed for a while and I have been wearing the device since January of this year, but syncing it till last week meant plugging it into my computer. I only did that once a week. This weekend, they finally released their Android app for Nexus 4 and that has completely changed the way I use the app – I am a lot more active, with widgets of various habits on my phone’s home screen, and automatic bluetooth syncing with my phone every few hours. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Well, hang on, I do want to ask for more. I believe what will round out this device for me is the ability to enter other habits (physical and non physical). These could range from # of pushups/squats and cycling, to trivial things like inbox zero, and talked to family! If I could maintain all habits in one location, it would go a long way. Right now, I use this in addition to my habits spreadsheet, which is fine, but not ideal.

 

  • Very interesting. Looking forward to more..

  • Andrew Weida Liew

    have you tried other similar products? what’s your take relative to others?

    • Haven’t tried Fitbit, Nike Fuel or Bodymedia, but have gone through demos and seen some friends with these products to know that Basis is truly top of class. The only sticking point might be the battery now – which runs out every 4 days, but hopefully they are working on adding capacity to newer models! :)